We have a trusted foodie friend who knows Paris like the back of his hand. A couple years ago he sent us a list of his favorite restaurants in Paris ("THE LIST"). We've been slowly working our way through it these past few years (Le Baudelaire, La Dame de Pic, Pertinence, just to name a few) . One highly recommended place on "THE LIST" is 1-Michelin starred Frenchie Restaurant.
We've tried numerous times to book this place, but it is SO HARD to get a reservation on short notice. However, we heard that its more casual cousin, Frenchie Bar à Vins (aka Frenchie Wine Bar), didn't take reservations. That means we still had a shot if we showed up really, really early.
French people eat kind of late anyway, but we didn't want to take any chances. We showed up right around 6:30PM (their opening time) and were able to grab a lovely outdoor seat.
At that time (back in May 2022), we were still a bit nervous about Covid, so we welcomed the opportunity to eat outside.
After all, the inside tables were very, very crowded (and loud).
And the food? It was excellent. The ingredients were fresh, the execution was at a very high level, and the service was good as well.
Frenchie Bar à Vins' motto is "Everything I want to Eat . . . Everything."
I pretty much agree with it.
Rustic ribbon-like pasta with meat sauce, beautiful fire-grilled vegetables, a perfectly executed piece of chicken - what's not to love??
Frenchie Bar à Vins is certainly a place I would return to over and over again, especially if I can score an outside table. [I'm still not a huge fan of loud and crowded restaurants where I have trouble talking to the person sitting across from me]
In fact, I liked it so much I did book (successfully!) Frenchie Covent Garden in London, which was great. For some reason, it was easier to get the London reservation.
Highly recommended! Show up early!
Frenchie Bar a Vin (Frenchie Wine Bar)
Open 6:30PM - 11PM 7 days a week